TV Ratings March 19: AFL drives Seven share to best Thursday of 2020

• Best of the rest: Gogglebox, Ambos, Sammy J, Grand Designs

News audience: major FTA news in massive news week

Seven News
Monday 1,098,000/1,017,000
Tuesday 1,145,000/1,057,000
Wednesday 1,096/1,054,000
Thursday 1,102,000/944,000

Nine News
Monday 1,066,000/1,047,000
Tuesday 983,000/997,000
Wednesday 985,000/988,000
Thursday 994,000/967,000

ABC News
Monday 856,000
Tuesday 880,000
Wednesday 827,000
Thursday 852,000

10 News
Monday 519,000/330,000 (6pm)
Tuesday 511,000/302,000
Wednesday 489,000/326,000
Thursday 449,000/258,000

SBS World News
Monday 144,000
Tuesday 156,000
Wednesday 162,000
Thursday 145,000

A Current Affair
Monday 848,000
Tuesday 850,000
Wednesday 807,000
Thursday 549,000 (No Brisbane)

7.30
Monday 888,000
Tuesday 823,000
Wednesday 843,000
Thursday 708,000

The Project
Monday 387,000/582,000 (7pm)
Tuesday 338,000/512,000
Wednesday 359,000/524,000
Thursday 355,000/483,000

Nine News Special: COVID-19
Monday 632,000
Tuesday 637,000
Wednesday 664,000
Thursday 255,000

Seven News: The Latest
Monday 340,000
Tuesday 369,000
Wednesday 353,000
Thursday 255,000

Sunrise
Monday 315,000
Tuesday 287,000
Wednesday 324,000
Thursday 300,000

Today
Monday 236,000
Tuesday 246,000
Wednesday 251,000
Thursday 234,000

ABC News Breakfast
Monday 228,000
Tuesday 238,000
Wednesday 238,000
Thursday 238,000

The late night news specials were impacted by the return of the AFL and the second round of the NRL.

Similarly A Current Affair didn’t air in all markets including Brisbane.

Best of the rest

Seven had not only its best Thursday of 2020, but also its third best primary share on any night in 2020. And that is with Pooch Perfect screening in Sydney and Brisbane. The broadcaster has every reason to feel confident about the future given MKR wraps next week and the AFL will help support new content arriving.

The first AFL match of 2020 did 798,000 in front of an empty MCG. The number is up on the same match with same teams to start the 2019 season on the same ground also on a Thursday – 739,000.

The second Thursday of NRL on Nine did 337,000 after 432,000 for the round 1 Thursday match.

10’s Thursday best was Gogglebox with the families and friends still grouped close together on their couches. The first show under the microscope was more of Married at First Sight with Gogglebox just over 600,000 after 610,000 a week ago.

Earlier in the night Ambulance Australia did 463,000.

The ABC’s best after News and 7.30 was Sammy J on 366,000 just before then 7pm News and Grand Designs Australia on 299,000 with viewers seeing the strawbale house from toward the end of season five. Foxtel viewers are up to season eight.

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